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Old Fashioned Pecan Pie

Old Fashioned Pecan Pie

This simple recipe produces a perfect, old fashioned pecan pie with great flavor and texture. And not only does it taste amazing, it’s super quick and easy to make. Perfect for serving during the holidays or for a delicious family dessert.

Fall wouldn’t be complete without a homemade pecan pie, and when it comes to achieving that classic flavor, this is my go to recipe.

It’s a family favorite that I serve during the holidays as well as throughout the year. This recipe produces a great flavor every time and it’s always a big crowd pleaser.

Make sure to bookmark or pin this recipe so you can find it the next time you want to bake a homemade pecan pie.

Traditionally, pecans are chopped but you can also reserve a handful of whole pecans and arrange them on the top layer of your pie for an interesting presentation.

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How to Bake a Homemade Pecan Pie from Scratch

slice of homemade pecan pie on plate with whole pie in background

This recipe brings together all the classic flavors in the perfect ratio for a truly classic pecan pie. It’s the perfect recipe for the holidays, and I make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

But don’t think you can’t bake it any time of year, no matter when I bake this pie, my family devours it in no time flat!

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measuring cup of whole pecans on wooden table

One of my favorite things about this recipe (aside from the great flavor, of course) is that it only calls for a handful of common ingredients.

The only ingredient that many may not have already is the corn syrup. I don’t bake with corn syrup often, but I do for this pecan pie.

It’s been used in my family for many years and I love keeping to the original as much as possible. But don’t worry, you’ll find a few great substitutions below in case you want to make your pecan pie without corn syrup.

Ingredients List

  • Pecans (chopped)
  • Eggs
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Corn Syrup
  • Butter (melted)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • 9″ Pie Crust

Corn Syrup: This traditional pecan pie sweetener provides that old fashioned flavor, but you do have options for alternatives. Instead of corn syrup you can use molasses, honey, and even maple syrup. Molasses provides the most traditional flavor, but honey and maple syrup taste great as well. Go with a 1:1 ratio when subbing for corn syrup with any of these alternatives.

Eggs: Eggs are a binder as well as contributing to the texture of our filling. Beat your eggs well before adding them to the rest of your ingredients.

Pecans: You can’t have a pecan pie without the pecans! I usually chop all of my pecans but you can reserve a couple handfuls of whole pecans for a different presentation. Simply arrange your whole pecans on the top of your filling.

You can use a premade or a homemade pie crust for your pecan pie. If you have the time, go with a homemade crust. It’s a simple way to add even more great flavor to your classic pecan pie.

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Pie Crust Options

top view of homemade pie crust in pie pan on table

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with going with a premade pie crust. Just be sure to use a 9″ crust and to read the instructions to make sure no further prep is needed before baking your pie.

But, if you want to make a homemade pastry crust, there are so many simple and tasty options to choose from.

Some of my favorite recipes include my easy homemade pie crust, this Dutch pie crust, this buttery crust, and this basic crust recipe.

Any of these recipes go wonderfully with pecan pie, so make the one that sounds the best to you!

Simple Step by Step Recipe Instructions

overhead picture of fresh baked pecan pie without a couple slices in it

The only equipment you need is a mixing bowl and a 9″ pie pan. No mixer needed! I do suggest stirring your ingredients together with a wooden spoon though.

Other than that, once you have all your ingredients together, it’s time to bake your pie!

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Line your pie pan with your crust.

Step 3: In your mixing bowl, add your beaten eggs, melted butter, sugar, corn syrup, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.

Step 4: Stir in your chopped pecans.

Step 5: Pour your filling into your crust lined pie pan.

Step 6: Bake in your preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Step 7: Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Step 8: Serve and enjoy!

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Old Fashioned Pecan Pie

Easy recipe perfect for serving during the holidays or as a delicious family dessert.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 210 kcal


  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 9" pie pan


  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 3 Large Eggs beaten
  • ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Corn Syrup
  • 2 Tbs Unsalted Butter melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Salt omit if using salted butter


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line your pie pan with your crust.
  • In your mixing bowl, add your beaten eggs, melted butter, sugar, corn syrup, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.
  • Stir in your chopped pecans.
  • Pour your filling into your crust lined pie pan.
  • Note: Cover the edges of your pie crust in aluminum foil.
  • Bake in your preheated oven for 45 minutes.
  • Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 210kcal
Keyword Old Fashioned Recipe, Pecan Pie
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Liv’s Old Fashioned Pecan Pie Recipe Notes

  • I like to cover the edge of my pie crust with aluminum foil to prevent it burning.
  • You can serve your pie topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • If you use salted butter, omit the added salt.
  • Store your pie covered at room temperature for up to three days.